"Lew, I'm not going to beat around the bush. As you know, Ford Motor Company is in desperate financial shape. But we've decided to do one more car. It has to look better than anything GM is doing, and it has to be as high quality as the Japanese. Lew, if this car doesn't sell, it could be the end of Ford Motor Company. We're betting every cent we can borrow. And we want you to be in charge."
-- Ford Motor Co. Chairman Philip Caldwell, in a 1979 meeting with Lew Veraldi, who became lead engineer on the first-generation Taurus according to the 1997 book, "Car," by Mary Walton. The Taurus went on sale in December 1985.
"He drives people crazy about staff work but that's all right. He's very meticulous about staff work, and he wants a hell of a lot of it. Well, so what? Better to get all the answers before you need them, rather than not having the knowledge that you ought to have when you are put on the spot."
-- Longtime Ford CEO and Chairman Henry Ford II, on Caldwell, in a series of interviews Ford conducted in the early and mid 1980s with David Lewis, a historian and professor of business history at the University of Michigan School of Business Administration.